Deep Healing - Week Three (Elyria Campus)
Series: Into the Deep
Text: Luke 5:12-16
Title: Deep Healing
The leper’s approach poses the question: What happens when Jesus comes face to face with deep need?
- In ancient times, leprosy was just as much a relational disease as it was a physical one.
- Sin has broken our relationships and made us unfit for God’s presence.
- In his approach, the leper demonstrates a desperate belief: a combination of suffering, faith, humility, and surrender.
Jesus’ response answers the question: He restores the leper, showing that He is both willing and able to save.
- Jesus uses His body to touch the man, comforting him and affirming his human dignity.
- Jesus uses His words to reveal God’s heart and to heal the disease.
- Jesus uses His instruction to restore the man to community with others and communion with God.
Big Idea: Only when we approach Jesus with faith, humility, and surrender do we receive the deep healing that He died to give.
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life
- Icebreaker: Share a time when you got in trouble as a kid. How did your parents respond?
- What is the most alone or isolated you have ever been? What happened next? What did you find helpful or comforting during that time?
- The leper demonstrated a desperate belief in Jesus. What were the four parts that contributed to his desperate belief? Which one of those four do you struggle with the most?
- Like the leper, do you have a desperation that drives you to the feet of Jesus? Why do you think that might be?
- Have you ever wondered to yourself, “I know God is able, I’m just not sure He is willing to help”? What prompted that question in you?
- Why is the fact that Jesus touches the leper so significant? What does that mean for the way we interact with one another as a group?
- What’s the danger in treating our healing, or our salvation like it is the end of the story rather than the beginning of an adventure?
- As you reflect back over the course of the Into the Deep sermon series, what is one next step that you can take moving forward?